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Gartner advises enterprises to value agility

As enterprise adoption of digital business initiatives such as cloud services continues apace, Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders are evolving their network architectures and sourcing approaches to reflect these changing dynamics. The annual report: Critical Capabilities for Network Services, Pan-European[1], from research firm Gartner, Inc, is one of the key benchmarks for how network service providers’ technology offerings are adapting in response, and Colt is pleased to have been given the 3rd highest score in Core City Backbone and  5th highest score  in the, Midsize European Network and Large European Network Use Cases out of 10 vendors listed in the report.

In the research, Gartner’s Ratings and summary scores range from 1.0 to 5.0, with 5.0 being ‘outstanding: significantly exceeds requirements’, scoring Colt above four in all 3 Use Cases.

In the report, Gartner also looked at trends affecting the enterprise sector and for I&O leaders planning, sourcing and managing communications services, the analyst recommends they:

  • Specify Pan-European WAN service needs based on required outcomes, such as application availability and performance, rather than on network technologies


  • Value network agility over absolute cost when sourcing Pan-European networks to get the best fit-for-purpose deal at the most optimal commercial structure and rate


  • Ensure that Pan-European network providers have cloud connectivity offerings that support the specific cloud services you plan to adopt


  • Ensure more flexible and efficient service by adopting SIP trunks to replace PSTN/ISDN wherever possible

Carl Grivner, CEO, Colt said: “We believe the favourable rating of Colt in the Critical Capabilities report is testament to our significant recent investments and ruthless execution of our go to market strategy. As the research has identified, many enterprises on the digital transformation journey are experiencing a clear shift towards a cloud-based infrastructure, with more and more IT decision makers connecting to datacentres and the vast majority already moving applications into the cloud.” Grivner said it is this transition that is placing greater demand on the network in terms of latency and bandwidth, and is in fact changing the role of the network itself, making it a more integral part of the cloud and mission critical for business.

“As a result, we support the recommendations outlined and encourage businesses to be more demanding of their network provider, focusing on performance rather than technology; on network agility; on direct connectivity to the cloud service providers you use; and on support for SIP trunk migration.”


Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

[1]Gartner, Critical Capabilities for Network Services, Pan-European (Gartner ID G00299749), Katja Ruud, Neil Rickard,Published March 2017

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